Racing says thank you to the troops with free racedays across the country
Brightening your day with turf tales from beyond the tracks
Al 60 racecourses in Britain have signed up to the 2018 Tickets for Troops campaign, offering free tickets to armed forces personnel for events including Royal Ascot, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, York’s Ebor meeting and Cheltenham’s November meeting.
It is the second year every British racetrack has signed up to the scheme, which has donated more than 70,000 tickets since it was launched by the BHA in 2009.
Tickets for Troops chairman Lord Marland said: “This is fantastic news from the BHA, which has been a very generous supporter of Tickets For Troops since launch. The geography of racecourses throughout Britain means that troops and their families from all corners of the country can enjoy a great day out in recognition of their efforts in keeping us safe and secure.”
The BHA’s head of media Robin Mounsey added: “It’s great news that all 60 racecourses are able to show appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country, and we are grateful to our racecourses for the generosity they continue to show.
“There is a wider variety of fixtures on offer than ever this year and we hope plenty of troops will enjoy a well-deserved day out at the races in 2018.”
Tickets for Troops provides free tickets to members of the armed forces for a variety of sporting, musical and cultural events.
York gives and gains
On Friday January 26, the team at York Racecourse ventured away from their usual day jobs to take part in Give and Gain day.
Staff from the racecourse donated over 100 working hours to tidy the public areas of the Knavesmire and adjacent “Little Knavesmire”.
Sophia Monkman, the community officer at the course, praised her staff’s willingness to take part in the project. “Some 40 members of the team took part in the day and by utilising their enthusiasm and energy, helped our local community.”
With live racing five months away, it provided a great chance for employees to leave the office and experience the life of a groundsman.
Alison Storey, chief receptionist said: “I really enjoyed being able to get outside and do something a bit different with my colleagues.”
The initiative is a global day of employee volunteering, with racing’s contribution supported by Racing Together, the community engagement strategy for the sport.
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